Outside Your Comfort Zone: Patent Searching
Accessing the important information contained in patent documents, that was once the sole domain of the professional searcher, has become increasingly mainstream with the introduction of a number of free, web-based patent search tools. The search engines and interfaces are adequate and very user-friendly for novices, and those who are occasional searchers, to retrieve useful patent information without too much effort. Highlighting some key free patent search tools, such as Espacenet (EPO), PatentScope (WIPO) and Google Patents, this webinar will help you better understand the structured nature of the information within a patent document and how it relates to the patent search process, as well as provide awareness and tips to enable you to carry out effective and efficient patent searches in support of your patentability, freedom to operate and validity assessments.
The webinar is aimed at the novice searcher, but can also provide a useful refresher for those who carry out patent searches on an occasional basis.
Susan Bates is a senior patent analyst at Shell International Ltd in the United Kingdom. She has a BSc (Hons) in Applied Chemistry and an MSc in Information Science from City University, is a member of the UK Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and on the management committee of CILIP's Commercial, Legal and Scientific Information Group). She is also past Secretary of British Patent Information Professionals (BPIP). She has many years of industry experience working as a Patent Searcher and Trainer
Grayce Shomade is a Freelance Patent and Scientific Information Specialist. She has a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry and Chemistry, an MSc in Information Science from City University and a PG Certificate in Intellectual Property Law. She is a member of the UK Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and on the management committee of the British Patent Information Professionals (BPIP). She has several years of experience working in patent information roles, both in IP private practice and in the corporate pharmaceutical industry.